Girl dies in fall from popular tourist overlook of Colorado River in Arizona
Authorities say the body of the girl was found about 213 meters below Horseshoe Bend overlook. (AP: Courtney Bonnell)
Authorities say a California girl visiting an Arizona landmark has died from what appears to be an accidental fall.
- The girl’s family reported her missing on Monday afternoon (local time)
- A helicopter later spotted her body, which wasn’t able to be recovered until the next morning
- No barriers are in place at the popular tourist lookout
Coconino County sheriff’s officials said that the body of the 14-year-old girl was found about 700 feet (213 meters) below Horseshoe Bend overlook.
The tourist destination gives a view of a horseshoe-shaped span of the Colorado River flowing below red cliffs near the Arizona-Utah border.
There are no barriers protecting against a fall.
The girl’s family reported her missing from the overlook Monday afternoon (local time), and an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter later spotted her body.
The overlook is a popular tourist spot for photos, but no barrier is in place. (Twitter, file photo)
Authorities weren’t able to recover it until Tuesday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies say the teenager was visiting from the San Jose, California, area.
They believe the fall was an accident but are still investigating.